UNJURY® delivers the most important thing your patients need: Quality and Protein Quality.
In fact, the company was founded by an experienced dietitian on the principle that protein is the thing that is hardest to get from foods, not carbohydrates, not fat. And we believe protein is not just the hardest to get, but also the most important. In short, UNJURY is optimized for protein.
UNJURY is not just optimized for protein; UNJURY® is optimized for protein quality.
There are 3 questions about protein quality:
- How important is protein quality?
- What is protein quality?
- How can you know the protein quality – for any one supplement?
How important is protein quality?
The risk with a low quality protein supplement is that the patient’s protein status declines, wounds take longer to heal, if they heal at all, and immune system weakens. In addition, for patients who have had bariatric surgery, weight loss slows and perhaps plateaus. Oncology patients can also experience a decrease in energy and strength. In cases of a long term protein deficiency, muscle loss can even affect vital organs, such as the heart.
What is protein quality?
Protein quality, which is the nutritional value of a protein consumed compared to the body’s protein requirement, is determined by the proportions of the Essential Amino Acids (EAA) in the protein source. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are established for the EAAs1.
The Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is currently the most widely accepted method for scoring the quality of different proteins, and it is supported by the FDA, the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.
The highest possible PDCAAS score is 100, and UNJURY® Protein scores 100 on this measure of protein quality! Some other protein supplements, notably liquid supplements that have hydrolyzed collagen as the protein source, have much lower scores, sometimes as low as 22, or 6, or even zero.
How can you know the protein quality – for any one supplement?
We believe any good supplement should publish an accurate Amino Acid profile. A PDCAAS score can be calculated for the supplement. If you want to have a score calculated, just send us the Amino Acid profile at Nutrition@UNJURY.com.
1Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. 2006. ISBN 0-309-10091-7